New challenge to the Wally Speed Record Ventotene-Carthage

The two Italian ocean navigators Miceli and Girelli attempt to break the record with ECO40

Ventotene – In the first half of December, as soon as the wind and sea conditions will be favourable, Matteo Miceli and Mario Girelli aboard ECO 40 will challenge the Wally Speed Record from Ventotene, Italy to Carthage, Tunisia, on a 277 nm course.

In this moment characterized by the Covid-19 pandemic and by the prejudice of free navigation of the seas, the goal of this incredible sporting adventure is to bring a message of peace and cooperation among the Mediterranean communities. The two Italian ocean navigators will also carry a strong message promoting sustainability and energetic self-sufficiency.

The boat ECO 40 of Matteo Miceli is the only Class 40 completely sustainable in the world.  Aboard ECO40 Matteo solo-sailed around the world without stopovers and without the use of fossil fuels. Once again he will make a fascinating voyage between two symbolic locations of the Mediterranean history and culture.

At the first favourable weather window, the two navigators  will set sails in front of Ventotene Island, at the mark with coordinates 40°48'160N-13°26'130E, to reach Sidi Bou Said port, at the mark with coordinates 36°51'795N-10°21'560E.

Wally promotes three sailing speed records, including the Ventotene-Carthagewhich is linked to the  Carthago Dilecta Est regatta. The record can be challenged anytime by applying at the Circolo Velico Ventotene yacht club.

The first  holder of this record is Sandro Buzzi with Junoplano in 2001 with the time of 44h18m37s. In 2006, Francesco Manzoli with the trimaran Cotonella established the new time of 39h59m40s. In 2009, Andrea Mura onboard Vento di Sardegna sailed the course in 31h40m20s.

The live tracking of the record will be availabe in the web site

Wally patronises two more speed sailing records:  

  • Monaco-Porto Cervo (185 nm), recognised by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, organised by Yacht Club Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, set by trimaran Pheado3 with the time 7h53m31s
  • Monaco-Saint Tropez (45 nm) or viceversa, organised by Yacht Club Monaco and Société Nautique de St. Tropez, set by Nariida with the time 3h4m40s.

Stay tuned to follow the record attempt!

New challenge to the Wally Speed Record Ventotene-Cartagine